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Food Policy and Sound Zones at the HLS Library


To make expectations clear, the HLS Library has established a Food & Drinks Policy and Sound Zones for specific activities throughout our space.

Whether you need to snack, hydrate, study quietly, work with a group, or take a phone call or video interview, this guide will help you find out what's okay to do and where.

Subject Guide

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Mindy Kent
Harvard Law School Library
Areeda 523
1545 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Food & Drinks Policy

Effective Fall 2018

Non-alcoholic drinks in covered containers are permitted throughout Library spaces with the exception of:

  • The Caspersen Room
  • The Root Room

Snacks are permitted throughout Library spaces with the exception of the following food-free areas:

  • The Caspersen Room
  • The Root Room

Meals and messy or smelly foods are NOT permitted.

Please take your meals in Wasserstein or the Hark. Examples include pizza, soup, food items with sauce, onions, garlic or other foods with strong smells.

Waste disposal and cleanup
Please clean up and dispose of all food waste, beverage containers, wrappers, etc. in a designated waste bin when you leave. Spaces should be left clean.

Notify Library staff of any spills.

Providing a clean and pest-free environment is an important part of the Library's preservation program.

Library-approved events
Library administration may approve special events during which exemptions to the food and drink policy may be made. Prior approval from Library administration must be sought for any exemptions to the food and drink policy.

Library users who are not complying with the Library's food and drink policy will be notified of the policy and asked to abide by it. Users who fail to abide by the policy will be asked to relocate to an appropriate space or leave the Library.

Sound Zones

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Quiet Zones

Areas for quiet reading and study. Please keep noise to a minimum and take conversations to other zones.

Stairwells and other nooks are quiet zones, as sound in them carries to other areas.

• Caspersen Room and Root Room
• Langdell Hall stacks and carrels
• Reading Room

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Collaboration Zones 

Areas for working in groups or talking quietly with others.

The others you talk or work with must be present in the room! Please take calls to phone zones.

• 2nd floor Microforms Room booths
• 3rd floor Research Services and TLC space

• 3rd floor group study rooms (available to students after business hours)
• 3rd floor conference room (available to students after business hours)


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Phone Zones

Phone Zones are the only areas where talking on phones is permitted. 

Please keep ringers on silent throughout the Library.

• 3rd floor elevator lobby phone booths
• 4th floor computer labs, copy rooms, and bridge to Lewis Hall stacks